Faculty and Staff Awards

Faculty and Staff Awards

Nominations for 2022 Faculty and Staff Awards will be accepted from April 1, 2022 through October 1, 2022. Winners in each category will be announced by Dean Sears in early fall semester and will be recognized at the College Holiday Party in December 2022.

Nomination Form

This award is given to a faculty and/or staff member who, through their own interactions and leadership, helped foster a sense of community within the college. The recipient(s) will be given a cash award of $500 along with a certificate of achievement. This award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. The college is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Nominees must be employed by the College of IST for a minimum of one year as of the nomination deadline. Any regular (as defined in policy HR34) IST staff members of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at University Park are eligible for the award. Term of employment is based on most recent IST date of hire (consecutive time) for full-time faculty and staff. Individuals that work 75% FTE are eligible. This does not include: wage, FT2, SUPP, adjunct, post-doc, visiting or emeritus. Individuals, who provide service to IST but their primary work unit (development, finance, human resources, etc.), is outside of IST are eligible. Award winners from the previous year are not eligible for that particular award the following year.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the supporting statement and examples of how the nominee has helped build a community within the college.

Nomination: Any staff or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials (including support statement).

Requirements:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • A supporting statement that addresses the selection criteria 
  • One to three additional support letters from an individual(s) within the college.

Selection Process: The nomination statements will be reviewed, and the recipients shall be selected by the IST Dean's Leadership Team. Any staff that are members of the Dean’s Leadership Team and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes to these guidelines.

Past Winners

  • 2021 - Jessica Hallman (Staff)
  • 2020 - Alison Laninger (Staff)
  • 2019 - Michelle Corby (Staff)
  • 2017 - Kent Matsueda (Staff)
  • 2016 - Lynette Yarger (Faculty)
  • 2015 - Wendy Fay (Staff)

The Dean’s Honor award is a special award that was created by the Dean to recognize an outstanding faculty and/or staff member. The award was created in 2016.

The criteria for the award:

  • Be an outstanding collaborator to produce positive results;
  • Demonstrate an intense commitment to providing excellent service to co-workers, faculty, and students;
  • Maintain perseverance in the face of adversity with the goal of advancing important initiatives that make the college a better place to work or study.

The nomination process for this award is separate from the IST Faculty and Staff Awards process. Associate and Assistant Deans and the Dean’s Executive Assistant may submit nominations for the Dean’s Honor Award to the Dean. The Dean will review the nominations and determine whether or not nominees are worthy of being recognized.

The amount of one-time supplemental compensation ranges from $1,000-$1,500 per award, which will be determined by the Dean.

Past Winners

  • 2021 - Laura Adams (Staff)
  • 2021 - Peng Liu (Faculty)
  • 2020 - Susan Agee (Staff)
  • 2020 - Lee Giles (Faculty)

Nomination Form

This award honors a faculty and/or staff member who, apart from his or her regular duties, has contributed the most to human causes, public service activities, and organizations, or the welfare of fellow humans on campus or in their community. The recipient(s) will be given a cash award of $500 along with a certificate.This award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. The college is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Nominees must be employed by the College of IST for a minimum of one year as of the nomination deadline. Any full-time IST staff members (as defined in policy HR34) are eligible. Faculty members are also eligible for the award. Term of employment is based on most recent IST date of hire (consecutive time) for full-time faculty and staff. Individuals that work 75% FTE are eligible. This does not include: wage, FT2, SUPP, adjunct, post-doc, visiting or emeritus. Individuals, who provide service to IST, but their primary work unit (development, finance, human resources, etc.), is outside of IST are eligible. Award winners from the previous year are not eligible for that particular award the following year.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the supporting statement and examples of how the nominee has contributed to human causes, public service activities and organizations, or the welfare of fellow humans on the campus or in their community.

Nomination: Any staff or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials (including support statement).

Requirements:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • A supporting statement that addresses the selection criteria.
  • One additional support letter from an individual(s) within the college.

Selection Process: The nomination statements will be reviewed, and the recipients shall be selected by the IST Dean's Leadership Team. Any staff who are members of the Dean’s Leadership Team and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes to these guidelines.

Past Winners

  • 2021 - Steve Babb (Staff)
  • 2020 - Nick Giacboe (Faculty)
  • 2019 - Pam Long (Staff)
  • 2015 - Peggy Stanton (Staff)

Nomination Form

This award is given to a faculty and/or staff member who significantly contributed in making the College of IST a welcoming climate to foster diversity and promote equity. The recipient(s) will be given a cash award of $500 along with a certificate. This award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. The college is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Nominees must be employed by the College of IST for a minimum of one year as of the nomination deadline. Any regular (as defined in policy HR34) IST staff members of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at University Park are eligible for the award. Term of employment is based on most recent IST date of hire (consecutive time) for full-time faculty and staff. Individuals that work 75% FTE are eligible. This does not include: wage, FT2, SUPP, adjunct, post-doc, visiting or emeritus. Individuals, who provide service to IST, but their primary work unit (development, finance, human resources, etc.), is outside of IST are eligible. Award winners from the previous year are not eligible for that particular award the following year.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the supporting statement and examples of how the nominee has contributed in making the College of IST a welcoming climate to foster diversity and promote equity.

Nomination: Any staff or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials (including support statement).

Requirements:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • A supporting statement that addresses the selection criteria.
  • One additional support letter from an individual(s) within the college.

Selection Process: The nomination statements will be reviewed, and the recipients shall be selected by the IST Dean's Leadership Team. Any staff that are members of the Dean’s Leadership Team and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes to these guidelines.

Past Winners

  • 2021 - Chris Gamrat (Staff)
  • 2020 - Allie Ellison (Staff)
  • 2019 - Rita Griffith (Staff)
  • 2016 - Karen Brewster (Staff)
  • 2015 - Olivia Lewis (Staff)

Staff Awards

Nominations for 2022 Staff Awards will be accepted from April 1, 2022 through October 1, 2022. Winners in each category will be announced by Dean Sears in early fall semester and will be recognized at the College Holiday Party in December 2022.

Nomination Form

This award is given to a staff member whose performance, methods and achievements exemplify the highest standards of customer service to the college and its varied clientele including staff, administration, faculty, students and visitors to the college. The recipient will be given a cash award of $500 along with a certificate. This award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. The college is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Nominees must be employed by the College of IST for a minimum of one year as of the nomination deadline. Any full-time IST staff members (as defined in policy HR34) at University Park are eligible for the award. Term of employment is based on most recent IST date of hire (consecutive time) for full-time faculty and staff. Individuals that work 75% FTE are eligible. This does not include: wage, FT2, SUPP, adjunct, post-doc, visiting or emeritus. Individuals, who provide service to IST, but their primary work unit (development, finance, human resources, etc.), is outside of IST are eligible. Award winners from the previous year are not eligible for that particular award the following year.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the supporting statement and examples of the nominee's high standards of customer service to the college and its varied clientele including staff, administration, faculty, students and visitors to the college.

Nomination: Any staff or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials (including support statement).

  • A completed nomination form.
  • A supporting statement that addresses the selection criteria.
  • One additional support letter from an individual(s) within the college.

Selection Process: The nomination statements will be reviewed, and the recipients shall be selected by the IST Dean's Leadership Team. Any staff who are members of the Dean’s Leadership Team and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes to these guidelines.

Past Winners

  • 2021 - Jenna Sieber
  • 2020 - Laura Adams
  • 2019 - Stephanie Krout 
  • 2018 - Shannon Johnson
  • 2017 - Priscilla Cetnar
  • 2016 - Kent Matsueda
  • 2015 - Kelly Bryan

Nomination Form

This award is given each year to a staff member whose work contributed to the completion of a major project or program. This project or program would not have been possible without the leadership and perseverance of this individual. The recipient will be given a cash award of $500 along with a certificate. This award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. The college is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Nominees must be employed by the College of IST for a minimum of one year as of the nomination deadline. Any full-time IST staff members (as defined in policy HR34) at University Park are eligible for the award. Term of employment is based on most recent IST date of hire (consecutive time) for full-time faculty and staff. Individuals that work 75% FTE are eligible. This does not include: wage, FT2, SUPP, adjunct, post-doc, visiting or emeritus. Individuals, who provide service to IST, but their primary work unit (development, finance, human resources, etc.), is outside of IST are eligible. Award winners from the previous year are not eligible for that particular award the following year.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the supporting statement and examples of the nominee's leadership and perseverance toward the completion of a major project or program within the college.

Nomination: Any staff or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials (including support statement).

Requirements:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • A supporting statement that addresses the selection criteria.
  • One additional support letter from an individual(s) within the college.

Selection Process: The nomination statements will be reviewed and the recipients shall be selected by the IST Dean's Leadership Team. Any staff that are members of the Dean’s Leadership Team and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes to these guidelines.

Past Winners

  • 2020 - Chris Gamrat
  • 2019 - Susan Agee
  • 2018 - Lisa Lenze
  • 2017 - Amy Garbrick
  • 2016 - Cindy Bierly
  • 2015 - Karen Brewster

Nomination Form

This award is given each year to a staff member whose performance on the job is exceptional and best exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the mission of the College and the University. This individual has the potential to make a significant impact not only on the College of IST but the University as a whole. The recipient will be given a cash award of $500 along with a certificate. This award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. The college is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Nominees must be employed by the College of IST for a minimum of six months as of the nomination deadline. Any full-time IST staff members (as defined in policy HR34) at University Park are eligible for the award. Term of employment is based on most recent IST date of hire (consecutive time) for full-time faculty and staff. Individuals that work 75% FTE are eligible. This does not include: wage, FT2, SUPP, adjunct, post-doc, visiting or emeritus. Individuals, who provide service to IST, but their primary work unit (development, finance, human resources, etc.) is outside of IST, are eligible. Award winners from the previous year are not eligible for that particular award the following year.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the supporting statement and examples of the nominee's exceptional performance, professionalism, and their potential to impact the College/University.

Nomination: Any staff or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials (including support statement).

Requirements:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • A supporting statement that addresses the selection criteria.
  • One additional support letter from an individual(s) within the college.

Selection Process: The nomination statements will be reviewed and the recipients shall be selected by the IST Dean's Leadership Team. Any staff that are members of the Dean’s Leadership Team and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes to these guidelines.

Past Winners:

  • 2021 - Jeannette Macaluso
  • 2020 - Hayley Wildeson
  • 2019 - Allie Ellison
  • 2019 - Sharon Lazarow
  • 2018 - Betty Jo Houser
  • 2017 - Kevin Wall
  • 2016 - Christian Alves
  • 2015 - Deb Pallo

Nomination Form

This award honors staff members in the College of IST whom, through exemplary team effort, have successfully completed a project of major impact within the college. The team will receive a cash award of $500 that will be equally divided among the team with $100 being the minimum amount received by any one team member. Team members will also receive a certificate. This award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. The college is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Nominees must be employed by the College of IST for a minimum of one year as of the nomination deadline. Any full-time IST staff members (as defined in policy HR34) at University Park are eligible for the award. Term of employment is based on most recent IST date of hire (consecutive time) for full-time faculty and staff. Individuals that work 75% FTE are eligible. This does not include: wage, FT2, SUPP, adjunct, post-doc, visiting or emeritus. Individuals, who provide service to IST, but their primary work unit (development, finance, human resources, etc.), is outside of IST are eligible. Award winners from the previous year are not eligible for that particular award the following year.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the supporting statement and examples of exemplary team effort and successful completion of a project that has provided major impact within the College.

Nomination: Any staff or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials (including support statement).

Requirements:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • A supporting statement that addresses the selection criteria.
  • One additional support letter from an individual(s) within the college.

Selection Process: The nomination statements will be reviewed, and the recipients shall be selected by members of the IST Dean’s Leadership Team. Any staff who are members of the Dean’s Leadership Team and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes to these guidelines.

Past Winners:

  • 2021 - Dean Croll, Brian Daigle, Fatima Ferguson, Amy Garbrick, Chris Gamrat, Jon Hughes, Sharon Lazarow, Lisa Lenze, Kent Matsueda, Trisha McKee
  • 2019 - Christian Alves, Audrey Boob, Kevin Wall
  • 2017 - Lisa Crownover, Cindy Bierly, Karen Brewster, Debbie Kozel, Evelyn Mayhew, Kathy Wiest
  • 2016 - Pam Long, Lee Erickson
  • 2015 - Carey Stover, Cindy Keeler, Tracy Ray

Faculty Awards

The nomination period for the 2022 Faculty Awards has ended.

Nomination Form

This award recognizes those IST assistant professors at University Park who show great promise and have demonstrated a consistent ability to provide a high-quality educational experience for our students through their teaching of residential or on-line courses. The recipient will be given a cash award of $500 and a certificate of accomplishment. The award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. The College is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Those eligible for this award are any tenure-track assistant professors of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at University Park and who teach courses within the College of IST.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the faculty member’s significant improvement in their teaching, highlighting a commitment to provide a high-quality educational experience for our students through their teaching of residential or online courses, and outstanding mentoring or supervision of students through educational activities outside of the traditional courses.

Nomination: Any student or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials. Nominations must include:

  • A completed nomination form
  • A narrative statement, not exceeding two pages, addressing the award criteria
  • Other letters of support and/or materials are welcomed

Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2022

Selection Process: The IST Awards Committee shall select Recipients. SRTE scores will be reviewed and taken into consideration. Any faculty who are members of the committee and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes in the guidelines that are necessary to ensure the fulfillment of the above-stated objectives. The awardee will be invited to present an address to the College community in academic year following the award.

Awardees in recent years

  • 2020-2021: Daniel Susser
  • 2019-2020: Sarah Rajtmajer
  • 2018-2019: Ben Hanrahan
  • 2017-2018: Not awarded
  • 2016-2017: Jessie Li
  • 2015-2016: Dinghao Wu
  • 2014-2015: Peggy Fisher

Nomination Form

This award recognizes those IST faculty members at University Park who consistently provide an exceptional learning environment for students in the classroom or on-line through their innovative teaching, commitment to learning and creative interface. The recipient will be given a cash award of $500 and provided a $500 allotment to use for learning-enhancement initiatives, software purchase, student assistance, materials, etc. The awardee’s name will be placed as a permanent part of the award plaque displayed in the Westgate Building. The award will be given annually, and a recipient may receive the award only once every four years. The College is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Those eligible for this award are any tenure-track or full-time fixed-term faculty member of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at University Park who teach within the College of IST.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the faculty member’s use of innovative teaching techniques that could include, but not be limited to, such initiatives as new courses developed, the crafting of problems and exercises that promote learning, and/or innovative uses of pedagogy. Faculty who effectively incorporate team-based problem solving for the class, oral and written skill development, active approaches to learning, and on-line experiences to enhance their teaching will be given special consideration.

Nomination: Any student or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials. Nominations must include:

  • A completed nomination form
  • A narrative statement, not exceeding two pages, addressing the award criteria
  • Other letters of support and/or materials are welcomed

Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2022

Selection Process: The IST Awards Committee shall select Recipients. SRTE scores will be reviewed and taken into consideration. Any faculty who are members of the committee and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes in the guidelines that are necessary to ensure the fulfillment of the above-stated objectives. The awardee will be invited to present an address to the College community in fall semester following the award.

Awardees in recent years:

  • 2021-2022: David Hozza
  • 2020-2021: Alison Murphy
  • 2018-2019: Jeff Rimland
  • 2017-2018: David Fusco
  • 2016-2017: Steve Haynes
  • 2015-2016: Ed Glantz
  • 2014-2015: Jan Sturdevant
  • 2013-2014: John Hill
  • 2012-2013: Lynette Yarger
  • 2011-2012: Jake Graham
  • 2010-2011: Will McGill
  • 2009-2010:Don Shemanski
  • 2008-2009: Gerry Santoro
  • 2007-2008: Rosalie Ocker

Nomination Form

This award recognizes the significance of a particular contribution to those IST faculty members at University Park who have produced innovative and outstanding research results, contributed to breakthrough and high-impact research, or demonstrated the potential to solve challenging research problems as an individual or in a collaborative team during the prior calendar year. The recipient will be given a cash award of $500 along with a certificate of accomplishment. The award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. A recipient may receive the award up to two times. The College is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Those eligible for this award are any IST faculty members in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at University Park with no more than six years of service. Nominees must be involved in advising graduate students.

Selection Criteria: In its selection, the committee should consider the faculty member’s research contribution and its impact, measured by supporting letters from colleagues, results of scholarly publications and their citation analysis, degree of research funding, or other appropriate metrics, etc.

Nomination: Any student or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Self-nominations will be accepted. The Associate Dean may also recommend a nominee per the Faculty Annual Review process. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials. Nominations must include:

  • A completed nomination form
  • One letter of reference from a senior scholar in the similar area
  • A narrative statement, not exceeding two pages, addressing the award criteria
  • Other letters of support and/or materials are welcomed

Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2022

Selection Process: The IST Awards Committee shall select Recipients. Any faculty who are members of the committee and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes in the guidelines that are necessary to ensure the fulfillment of the above-stated objectives. The awardee will be invited to make a presentation to the College community in the academic year following the award.

Awardees in recent years

  • 2020-2021: Ting Wang
  • 2019-2020: Xinyu Xing
  • 2018-2019: Saeed Abdullah
  • 2017-2018: David Reitter
  • 2016-2017: Jessie Li
  • 2015-2016: Eun Kyoun Choe
  • 2014-2015: Anna Squicciarini
  • 2013-2014: Dinghao Wu

Nomination Form

This award recognizes those IST faculty members at University Park who have achieved national and/or international recognition (individual, the College, and/or Penn State) for high-impact, innovative, and outstanding research which contributed to a significant advancement in the field of information sciences and technology. The recipient will be given a cash award of $500 along with a certificate of accomplishment. The award will be given annually near the end of the spring semester. A recipient may receive the award only once. The College is not obligated to make an award every year.

Eligibility: Those eligible to be considered for this award are faculty members in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at University Park. Nominees must be involved in advising graduate students.

Selection Criteria: The evaluation will be based upon the evidence (e.g., citations) of the faculty member’s influence in a specified field of research and the overall impact of the faculty member’s research. The committee should consider originality, usefulness of a process or device to society, research contribution and its impact, (measured by supporting letters from colleagues), results of scholarly publications and their citation analysis, degree of research funding, or other appropriate metrics, etc.

Nomination: Any student or faculty member may bring forward one nominee. Self-nominations will be accepted. The Dean may also recommend a nominee per the Faculty Annual Review process. Nominators will be responsible for assembling support materials. Nominations must include:

  • A completed nomination form
  • One letter of reference from a senior scholar in the similar area
  • Citations and/or evidence of research impact
  • A narrative statement, not exceeding two pages, addressing the award criteria
  • Other letters of support and/or materials are welcomed

Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2022

Selection Process: The IST Awards Committee shall select Recipients. Any faculty who are members of the committee and nominated for the award will be recused from the discussions and decisions. The Dean has the authority to make changes in the guidelines that are necessary to ensure the fulfillment of the above-stated objectives. The awardee will be invited to make a presentation to the College community in the academic year following the award.

Awardees in recent years

  • 2020-2021: Frank Ritter
  • 2019-2020: Dongwon Lee
  • 2018-2019: James Wang
  • 2017-2018: Mary Beth Rosson
  • 2016-2017: Jack Carroll
  • 2015-2016: Vasant Honavar
  • 2014-2015: Peng Liu
  • 2013-2014: Lee Giles